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Hawk Talk
Hawkeye defensive end Anthony Nelson closes in on Buckeye quarterback J.T. Barrett during Iowa’s 55-24 upset of No. 3 Ohio State Saturday, Nov. 4, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. (photo by Brian Fleck)

Iowa upsets No. 3
Ohio State, 55-24

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
Iowa’s first game ever against Ohio State was in 1922 and the Hawkeyes won, 12-9.
The Hawks actually won the first three of four and four out of the first eight, but since then only 11 more wins in the last 85 years, including last Saturday’s 55-24 upset.
That’s 15 victories since the series started.
The overall record is now 15-47-3.
Iowa didn’t play the Buckeyes every year, but that’s still the least victories (tied with Michigan) over an original Big Ten team by the Hawkeyes.
Being a lifelong Hawkeye fan, I can’t even tell you how special this victory is.
There is something special waking up Sunday morning after a big win.
I have been in daily pain since my hip replacement on Oct. 11 and believe you me the win is the best pain medication I have had.
Where has this offense been?
How about Nate Stanley and the tight ends?
Did Josh Jackson have one of the greatest games at defensive back for the Hawks?
Akrum Wadley is still the man.
To show the domination; Iowa had 24 first downs, the Buckeyes 20.
Iowa had 243 yards rushing, Buckeyes 163.
The Hawks had 244 yards passing, Buckeyes 208.
Total offense, Iowa held Ohio State to 371 yards, 200 below their season average.
Iowa had the ball for 35:51, Ohio State 25:09.
The Hawks came into the game averaging 25 points per game, the Buckeyes 47.3, which led the nation.
Oh, by the way, that’s the most points Iowa has ever scored against Ohio State.
That’s only the second road loss for Urban Meyer (26-2) since he took over as head coach.
Since the 55 points are the most ever scored by Iowa against the Buckeyes, I’ll have to start there.

Iowa offense

How can a team look so flat on offense for four of its eight games explode for its best offensive show against one of the top defenses in the country?
It all starts up front and the offensive line rose to the occasion.
The Hawks averaged 6.4 yards per carry and Nate Stanley was sacked only once.
“They prepared super hard all week,” said Nate of his O-line. “They did their film work and coming into the game we had all the confidence that they would do what they need to do.”
Nate, who passed for five touchdowns, might have had his best game so far in his young career. He went 20-31 for 226 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.
My two favorite throws included one that didn’t go for a touchdown.
Iowa had the ball on a second and 12 on the OSU 24-yard line.
Nate dropped back to pass, no one was open downfield so at the last second, he found Akrum Wadley on the left sideline.
Akrum did his thing, making the first defender miss, and skated down the sideline to the Buckeye 3.
On the next play, Nate found Noah Fant open in the end zone for one of two touchdown passes Noah caught.
T.J. Hockenson also caught two touchdowns as he and Noah combined for nine receptions, 125 yards and four scores.
My second favorite Nate pass came in the third quarter with Iowa having a first and goal on the OSU 2-yard line.
Nate dropped back, a Buckeye defender fell down but grabbed Nate by his ankle but Nate not only didn’t go down, he found Hockenson in the end zone for a score.
Nate is one of only two Hawkeyes in program history to throw five touchdowns in a single season twice.
Chuck Long had two six-touchdown games.
Akrum Wadley pounded out 118 yards on 20 carries (5.9 per carry), but the best stat was Akrum had only one negative yard all afternoon.
Last week I said I was hoping James Butler could possibility red shirt.
It’s a good thing I’m not the coach.
James had 74 yards on 10 carries (7.4 per carry) including a 53- yard run at the end of the third quarter that gave Iowa a first down on the OSU 3.
On second down, Nate saw fullback Drake Kulick wide open in the end zone for the score.
That was Drake’s first touchdown.
Eight players caught passes, including Tyler Kluver, the long snapper.
Iowa was in a formation with Hawkeyes spread all over the field on the OSU 20 with a fourth and three.
Colten Rastetter, the punter, took the snap from Tyler, who was wide open across the middle.
Tyler caught the ball on the 10 but lost his balance and fell down at the 2.
The next play, Nate threw a touchdown pass to T.J.
Iowa ended its scoring after recovering an onside kick on the OSU 47.
Toren Young carried the ball five straight times. The last one went 6 yards for the score.
Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz called his best game of the season.

Iowa defense

The defense set the tone for the whole game with Amani Hooker getting a pick-six on the first play of the game.
Josh Jackson had his best game so far.
Josh had three interceptions, which tied a school record, and saved the best for last.
The Buckeyes were putting together a nice drive in the fourth quarter and were down on the Iowa 23.
J.T. Barrett threw the ball to the end zone and Josh went up, caught the ball with his right hand and came down on the Hawkeye 2-yard line.
That has already been shown as the top play of the day.
Josh was named co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week.
Josey Jewell and Ben Niemann combined for 16 tackles and the pressure was there all afternoon.
This is one of the best wins ever against Ohio State.
Iowa came out strong, finished strong and it was great to see the field covered with Black and Gold fans at the end of the game.
I’ve never been a big fan of Urban Meyer, the Ohio State coach, but I like the fact that he and his team all waved to the UI Children’s Hospital after the first quarter.
I spent a lot of time in a hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, when I was young and the wave is one of the best new trends in college football.
Iowa has to travel to Wisconsin this Saturday to face the undefeated Badgers.
Wisconsin is favored by 13.
Can the Hawkeyes do it again?